Deputy Director General of the UN. Influential environmental activist.
Maurice Strong is senior advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations and former advisor to the World Bank. He is one of the worlds most influential political and environmental activists. Topics: environment, climate change, CSR.
Maurice has held many leadership positions in the environmental and sustainable development movement throughout his United Nations career. He served on the board of directors for the United Nations Foundation, a UN affiliated organisation established by Ted Turners historic $1 billion donation. He is also a director of the World Economic Forum Foundation, Chairman of the Earth Council, former Chairman of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and former Chairman of the World Resources Institute.
In his native Canada, Maurices career has spanned over five decades at some of Canadas most prestigious companies. He has run several companies in the energy and resources sector, including the Power Corporation of Canada, Ontario Hydro, and Petro-Canada (the national oil company). He is currently the chairman of Technology Development, Inc., which funds research in the groundbreaking field of applying nanotechnology towards creating energy sources that are both affordable and ecofriendly.
Maurice has been an advocate for environmental and humanitarian concerns for more than four decades serving as the first Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the Stockholm conference on sustainability in 1972 and subsequently becoming the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program in 1976. He was appointed by the United Nations in December 1989 as Secretary General to convene the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.
Maurice was appointed Chairman and CEO of Ontario Hydro, North Americas largest electric power utility and led an extensive re-organisation of the Company which enabled it to recover from the largest loss to the highest profit in its history and reduce its rates. A major element of his strategy was a corporate commitment to sustainable energy development and the most successful program of energy efficiency and conservation in the industry. He has served as Chairman of the International Energy Development Corporation and as a Director of the International Advisory Board, Toyota Motor Corporation.